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All Grain Brewing / mash out
« on: January 28, 2013, 06:12:15 PM »
Unless you hold 170 for 20 min. or more you won't denature the enzymes.  I think the increase in efficiency is due to the higher temps making sure you have as complete a conversion as possible.

All Things Food / Re: Pizza Fatta en Casa
« on: January 27, 2013, 06:51:39 PM »
I switched from cornmeal to semolina.  Makes things slide as easily as cornmeal without the "crunchiness" you get from cornmeal.  A plus is that then you have semolina around for making pasta.

Ingredients / Re: Rahr Base Malts and Bru'n Water
« on: January 27, 2013, 05:15:31 PM »
Maybe the fact that beers made with Rahr pale malt have a higher acidity is the reason I prefer to use it.

Yeast and Fermentation / IPA in primary
« on: January 26, 2013, 07:21:59 PM »
I leave my beers in primary for 3-4 weeks usually.  Never less than 2, but that's uncommon.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast nutrient
« on: January 26, 2013, 04:14:24 PM »
Wow!  1/2 a teaspoon might be pushing it ... maybe not for big beers though.  I made a 5wall gallon batch of .060 using 1/2 tsp and it made the beer taste like vegemite(sp?)   

Yeck... an acquired taste I guess... and I don't want to acquire it.  Lol!

Good to see ya, man!  You must have been using a different nutrient than I am.  There is no discernable taste from 1/2 tsp.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fine particulate matter in suspension
« on: January 26, 2013, 04:13:07 PM »
And if you don't want to wait it out at all, just filter it as you serve it by pouring through some cheese cloth into the pitcher or glass.  I have seen that done with very old and rare wines.

wouldn't pouring beer through cheesecloth knock the carbonation out and make it really foamy?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Commercial keg reimbursement
« on: January 26, 2013, 04:11:17 PM »
IMO, he should contact them.  It's the right thing to do.

The Pub / The Drunk Poem
« on: January 25, 2013, 06:35:45 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping Beer
« on: January 25, 2013, 05:51:52 PM »
Don't ship beer, ship "yeast samples for analysis".  Unless you filter out your yeast, that is 100% true, if misleading.  Ship Fedex or UPS, it's just against their policies.  Shipping USPS is against the law.

I've heard that a lot of places are onto that.  I simply say it's "gifts" becasue, after all, beer is a gift...right?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Liquid sub for Danstar Nottingham?
« on: January 25, 2013, 05:49:33 PM »
I don't know if Danstar has improved their quality control recently, but if I wanted to replicate the experiences I had with Notty I'd just take an English ale strain then skip my normal sanitation procedures. I've had fairly disappointing results with it when I've used it, with a sour note that has me concerned that there may be some contamination.

I think that's just the profile of the yeast.  I disliked the tart sourness so much that I stopped using it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast nutrient
« on: January 25, 2013, 05:10:40 PM »
I recommend a complete nutrient like Wyeast Nutrient Blend for all your beers, but especially if the yeast is being repitched.

How and when would you add it?  In the starter?  Or to the wort?

I must have two or three bottles of nutrient that I've never used and recently bought a bottle figuring I should use it and not remembering that I have several already...
You can go either way, starter or in the boil.  I put it in the last 15 minutes of the boil, but I don't make starters and am repitching fresh yeast slurry.  If I were to make a starter, I might throw a little in there but mostly it is just in the boil.

I use the Wyeast also.  A pinch in the starter and the recommended 1/2 tsp. per 5 gal. at 10 min. to flameout in the boil.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping Beer
« on: January 25, 2013, 05:04:48 PM »
Has the AHA addressed the legality of all the clubs that'll be bringing homebrew into the state?

I would have to imagine so.  Being able to transport homebrew in WA held up having the conference there until the law was changed.  I can't imagine that it would be different in PA.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping Beer
« on: January 25, 2013, 05:02:49 PM »
How do we get the AHA to work on this issue and get FedEx/UPS to permit shipping for analysis at homebrew competitions?

It has been being worked on for many years....since before I was on the GC.  Basically, FedEX, UPS and DHC have decided there isn't enough money in it to make it worth their while.  There have been legislative efforts underway to get the USPS rules changed, byut getting those laws altered takes a long time.  In short, don't assume the AHA isn't working on this.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
« on: January 25, 2013, 04:59:31 PM »
I find the Classic Beer Styles Series awesome for getting a feel for the way beer was brewed for a particular style. Lots of insight into the history and all aspects of the classic brewing ingredients. Plus you only have to buy what styles are relavent to what you like brewing.

Again, though, you have to be careful about getting current info.  For example, Fix's VMO book is so outdated in terms of recipes and ingredients That I don't think it's worth having.

The Pub / Re: GABF co-babysitting?
« on: January 25, 2013, 04:57:07 PM »
It's more important to make sure he wears his hat.  You can spot that from a long way away. :)

I still have nightmares about that hat.....;)

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